Caroline Sánchez is the creator of The Hula Hoop Girl, an Embodied Movement Meditation Practice that guides women to reconnect to their own natural born rhythm to awaken the embodied and empowered woman to self-resource and self-express through the transformational power of body play

Caroline's life work, grounded in women's health and women's empowerment, began at the young age of 21, when her beautiful mother Grace, passed away from stage 4 Breast Cancer just three months after her diagnosis. It was at that moment that Caroline began her soul work in the world serving as an advocate for women.

A practicing oncology nurse for over 13 years, she holds a Master of Science in Nursing Education (MSN) degree, is a certified Breast Care Nurse, a 200hr Registered Integral Hatha Yoga Teacher, a certified Elemental Hoop Dance Teacher, and a certified 5 Elements Ecstatic Dance Facilitator. Caroline’s Master's Thesis “Hoop Dancing to Prevent and Decrease Burnout and Compassion Fatigue Among Nurses” has been published both in the Journal of Emergency Nursing and the University of California San Diego’s Nursing Journal. Her life’s work has also been celebrated and featured by her alma mater, Walden University in the 2016 article “Full Circle”.

For the past 16 years, Caroline has provided dedicated, compassionate, comforting, and safe care for her cancer patients throughout their treatments. She has also worked closely with patients naturally transitioning through the death and dying process. Currently, she works with women newly diagnosed with breast cancer providing loving compassionate and empathetic support throughout their journey with cancer. Caroline serves as an effective movement mentor as she guides patients to move through the shock, fear, and grief that accompanies the diagnosis of breast cancer, transforming fear and grief into new hopes and new meaning. 

A true advocate for joy, Caroline also encourages and guides healthcare professionals to use joy replenishment through body play, as a powerful self-care intervention to prevent burnout and compassion fatigue, and has offered Hoop Dancing for Self-Care Workshops at several nurses retreats in San Diego, California. She speaks passionately and publicly about the power of play for self-care for women & healthcare professionals and for team play for the sake of creating healthier work environments and improved patient outcomes. 

Sweet Caroline has been hoop dancing for joy replenishment for over 11 years and teaches hoop dancing classes and 5Elements Ecstatic Dance classes within her community for women’s empowerment. She also serves as a co-facilitator for the Elemental Hoop Dance Teacher Training and Certification Program at The Rhythm Way.

Her ecstatic hoop dance flow has been described as mesmerizing, inspiring, whimsical, and Graceful. Her teaching style is authentic, nurturing, playful and empowering. She is a powerful movement guide, facilitating the release of grief and fear, while awakening and nurturing joy. She is a poet, a writer, an Earth advocate, and a women's advocate.  Her life’s work as an Embodied Movement Meditation Educator and Nurse Educator is soulfully dedicated to guiding women to connect with their body, their unique rhythm, and their movements so to dance in the center of their joy, feeling empowered to share their unique soul gifts with the world.

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

-Dr. Maya Angelou

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